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2014 News Archives

April 18, 2014
A study, published in Science by Amita Sehgal, PhD, professor of Neuroscience, and Matthew Kayser, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, links sleep disruption in newborn fruit flies with courtship and mating in adult flies. Sehgal and Kayser are interviewed by The Why Files and Die Welt.
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April 17, 2014
Steven Berkowitz, MD, associate professor of Clinical Psychiatry, director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery and co-chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Disaster and Trauma Committee, was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette in an article discussing follow up after school tragedies occur.
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April 16, 2014
With new funding, research teams led by Penn Medicine’s John Trojanowski, MD, PhD, Virginia Lee, PhD, and Gerard Schellenberg, PhD,will study rare neurodegenerative disorders.
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April 15, 2014
Lauren Massimo, CRNP, a postdoctoral fellow at Penn's Frontotemporal Degeneration Center and H. Branch Coslett, MD, professor of Neurology, spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer about emotional functioning in people with dementia-related frontal lobe damage or right-sided strokes.
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April 14, 2014
Charles O’Brien, MD, PhD
, professor of Psychiatry, who heads a committee of doctors studying whether caffeine use disorder should be categorized as a mental illness, said more research is needed in an interview airing on CBS television affiliates in New York and Philadelphia.
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April 11, 2014
In an interview with USA Today regarding the school stabbing in Murrysville, PA, Steven Berkowitz, MD, associate professor of Psychiatry and director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery, said, "In these kinds of situations, the psychological casualties usually outnumber the physical casualties." Coverage also appeared on CNN and in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
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April 8, 2014
Wade Berrettini, MD, PhD, professor of Psychiatry, talked to Popular Science about the link between affinity for Adderall and susceptibility to ADHD or schizophrenia.
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April 2, 2014
A new study in a mutant fruitfly called sleepless confirmed that the enzyme GABA transaminase, which is the target of some epilepsy drugs, contributes to sleep loss. The findings, published online in Molecular Psychiatry, were led by Amita Sehgal, PhD, head of the Chronobiology Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.
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April 2, 2014
Researchers at Penn Medicine’s Center for Studies of Addiction, including Anna Rose Childress, PhD, research professor of Psychiatry, and Kimberly Young, PhD, a NIH/NIDA Post-doctoral Fellow at Penn, have now found that a commonly used neurological medication has proven successful at blocking the brain's reward system triggers.
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March 28, 2014
John Trojanowski, MD, PhD, co-director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research and director of the Institute on Aging, spoke was interviewed in a Newsweek article about funding for Alzheimer's disease.
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March 24, 2014
Using a University of Pennsylvania-designed device to noninvasively and continuously monitor cerebral blood flow (CBF) in acute stroke patients, researchers from Penn Medicine, including John A. Detre, MD, and the Department of Physics & Astronomy in Penn Arts and Sciences are now learning how head of bed (HOB) positioning affects blood flow reaching the brain.
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March 18, 2014
For the last four years, two titans and respected leaders in their fields have met monthly for lunch to talk about their work, their lives, and the books they are reading. Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, Art Carey recently sat in on one of these monthly conversations with Aaron Beck, MD, professor of Psychiatry, and Martin Seligman, PhD, professor of Psychology, as they discussed the mind and how to help people lead lives that are happy.
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March 15, 2014
A Reading man had an unconventional operation to remove a brain tumor, in a surgery rarely performed anywhere else in the country, 6ABC reports. Due to the potential invasiveness of a standard procedure and location of the tumor, Reading doctors referred the patient to Pennsylvania Hospital where John Lee, MD and Jason Newman, MD are among a few doctors in the nation who use a 4 millimeter endoscope with a 3-D camera to remove the tumor through the patient's nose.
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March 13, 2014
A new Penn Medicine study in JAMA Psychiatry, led by Caryn Lerman, PhD, director of the Brain and Behavior Change Program, and colleagues, is shedding light on brain connectivity in smokers that may help explain today’s high relapse rates, reports WHYY Radio.
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March 13, 2014
A team of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine, including principal investigator Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc, David F. Dinges, PhD, and Ruben Gur, PhD, will take part in a first-of-its-kind investigation by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) into the molecular, physiological and psychological effects of spaceflight on the human body by comparing identical twins.
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March 13, 2014
Roderic G. Eckenhoff, MD, professor and vice-chair of research, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, commented in a Medscape Medical News article about new research suggesting that anesthesia and surgery significantly increase the risk for dementia.
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March 11, 2014
Penn Medicine researchers, including Douglas Smith, MD, professor of Neurosurgery, are using mathematical modeling to better understand the mechanisms at play in traumatic brain injuries.
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March 4, 2014
Marcos Frank, PhD, associate professor of Neuroscience, commented in a HealthDay News article, which reported on preliminary new research suggesting that the brains of insomniacs buzz with more activity during the day, offering possible insight into why people with sleep problems complain that their minds won't shut down at night.
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March 4, 2014
A Philly.com blog post looks at high rates of sexual assault among teen girls and offers some insight on how to help girls who may suffer with PTSD as a result. The blog post cites research by Edna Foa, PhD, professor of clinical psychology in the department of Psychiatry, and colleagues from the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety showing that prolonged exposure (PE) therapy can be a highly effective therapy in teen girls.
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February 27, 2014
H. Branch Coslett, MD, professor in Neurology, is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story covering a College of Physicians event discussing brain injuries sustained playing football. Coslett spoke at length about Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and what we’ve learned about the condition since it became widely associated with retired football players.
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February 21, 2014
Claude Nguyen, MD, assistant professor of Neurology, and colleagues created an app they say could enable doctors to provide more effective care for patients who have suffered acute stroke, Medical News Today reports.
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February 21, 2014
A Penn study in fruitflies, led by Nirinjini Naidoo, PhD, associate professor in the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology and the Division of Sleep Medicine and postdoctoral fellow Marishka Brown, PhD, strengthens the connection among protein misfolding, sleep loss, and age.
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February 21, 2014
Trevor Hadley, PhD of Penn’s Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research and Jay Amsterdam, MD, director of the Depression Research Unit, talked to the Daily Pennsylvanian in an article about the many ways that Penn approaches mental health issues.
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February 14, 2014
In a Proto Magazine article profiling tau, a floppy, free-form protein, sometimes called "the holy grail of dementia", John Trojanowski, MD, PhD and Virginia Lee, PhD, both professors of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, are credited as being pioneers of studying this protein.
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February 14, 2014
WHYY Newsworks reported on a study led by Amita Sehgal, PhD, professor of Neuroscience, on a newly discovered sleep mutant called redeye in fruitflies that appears to be directly controlled by the homeostatic drive to sleep.
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February 14, 2014
People receiving mental health care are up to four times more likely to be infected with HIV than the general population, according to a new Penn Medicine study published in the American Journal of Public Health led by Michael Blank, PhD, co-director of the Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center. The study was also covered by Medical Daily, PsychCentral, WHYY, the Examiner, and dailyRx.
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February 13, 2014
According to findings published in JAMA Psychiatry, Penn Medicine researchers, including Ruben Gur, PhD, director of the Brain Behavior Laboratory and professor of Neuropsychology, have developed a better way to assess and diagnose psychosis in young children.
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February 10, 2014
Michael E. Thase, MD, professor of Psychiatry, was quoted in a Medscape Medical News article about the complex polypharmacy many individuals with bipolar disorder receive.
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February 6, 2014
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News covers a study by Amita Sehgal, PhD, professor of Neuroscience, on a newly discovered sleep mutant called redeye in fruitflies that appears to be directly controlled by the homeostatic drive to sleep.
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February 5, 2014
ALS Today reports on a new study, by a US-German team including John Trojanowski, MD, PhD and Virginia Lee, PhD, MBA, looking at progression of various neurodegenerative diseases which reports that ALS may travel through key regions of the brain using the axons that connect them.
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February 5, 2014
Mahendra Bhati, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Psychiatry, talks to 6ABC about Seasonal Affective Disorder and how to prevent or lessen the blues.
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February 4, 2014
In light of a new study suggesting that newer football helmets could cut concussion risk in half, NBCNews.com interviewed Center for Brain Injury and Repair director Douglas Smith, MD, professor of Neurosurgery.
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January 31, 2014
John Trojanowski, MD, PhD was quoted in an AlzForum report on research regarding the mapping of TDP-43 routes in Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration.
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January 15, 2014
Daniel Wolf, MD, PhD, assistant professor of the Department of Psychiatry, commented to HealthDay about a study suggesting that teen brains showed more activity in a specific pleasure center of the brain compared to adults when they were rewarded during gambling games where money was at stake.
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January 10, 2014
Anthony Rostain, MD, professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, commented in a NBC News article about the discovery of a rare genetic mutation that disrupts the production of histamine, which may help researchers unravel the mystery that surrounds Tourette syndrome.
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January 7, 2014
Douglas Smith, MD, professor of Neurosurgery and director of the Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair, comments in a Today.com story discussing a new study finding that nearly 50 percent of kids and young adults who didn’t reduce their mental strain following a concussion took 100 days or more to fully recover.
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January 7, 2014
The Scranton Times-Tribune features a letter to the editor by John Trojanowski, MD, PhD, director of Penn's NIH-funded Alzheimer's Disease Core Center, highlighting the need for a coordinated approach from the US to join in the global effort to end Alzheimer's by 2025.
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January 6, 2014
Among Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, female, black, and Asian patients are substantially less likely to receive proven deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery to improve tremors and motor symptoms, according to a new report led by Allison Willis, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, who identified considerable disparities among Medicare recipients receiving DBS for Parkinson's disease.
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January 2, 2014
Teen girls struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from sexual abuse do well when treated with a type of therapy that asks them to repeatedly confront their traumatic memories, according to a new Penn Medicine study led by Edna Foa, PhD, professor of clinical psychology in the department of Psychiatry.
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January 2, 2014
Neuropathologist John Trojanowski, MD, PhD, co-director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research at Penn was quoted in a New York Times report regarding the validity of new assessments for C.T.E., or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
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January 2, 2014
A Philadelphia Inquirer article referenced the neuroengineering research work involving bioinformatics performed in the lab of Brian Litt, MD, professor of Neurology and Bioengineering.
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